Posted on May 22, 2014
Helping Seniors Remember and In Home Help
As we age, it is common to gradually become more forgetful. Usually forgetfulness is not due to dementia and is simply a symptom of getting older and the things that slip our minds tend to be least important to our day to day life. Special dates like birthdays and anniversaries are usually cemented in our memory but an appointment or lunch date might slip our mind. If your senior loved one is showing more signs of forgetfulness and you also notice a change in personality, language problems and confusion, they might be experiencing early stages of dementia and would benefit from in home help and consistent, high quality support.
Many people over the age of sixty experience age-associated memory impairment, but that fact doesn’t necessarily mean that dementia is inevitable. If your senior loved one is simply experiencing forgetfulness due to poor concentration and distractedness, they might benefit from memory aids and helpful hints around the home to help them remember.
It is believed that the more you use your brain when you are older, the more it may counter the development of memory decline. Keep your loved one’s library card busy and suggest they keep diving into books that they love. Reading regularly, doing quizzes and crosswords are excellent exercises for the brain. Whenever possible, memorize something new like a poem, prayer or scripture by reciting it every morning until you know it by heart. Then start learning a new one.
Another fun way to help seniors remember is to suggest they get outside whenever possible and stay active. Just a thirty minute walk, five days a week in the fresh air, will help increase blood flow to the brain.
Since humans are creatures of habit, an established daily routine will help your senior loved one remember. Suggest they take medications at the same time and place every day. Make a list of instructions for all medications and create a checklist and system that will work to help your loved one remember. Sticky notes are also wonderful reminders if placed in obvious spots like the front of the refrigerator. An extra daily reminder from an alarm on the clock radio or cell phone will also help when all else fails.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional in home senior care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Minnetonka to speak to a senior care specialist today 763-219-4383! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care and in home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Minnetonka provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Bloomington, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Saint Paul, Minnetonka, Lakeland, and White Bear Lake, Minnesota.